Cows (Animals Animals) by Renee C. Rebman

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35 5 Useful and Productive Dairy cows are usually milked twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. The farmer leads the first cow toward the milking barn, and the others walk behind it. Cows are creatures of habit. They line up instinctively and stand in the same order almost every time. Each cow is taken to a milking machine. A solution of iodine and water cleans the four teats. A rubber-lined cup is attached to each teat, and the machine pumps the milk out of the cow for about five minutes.

Cud—Food that ruminants regurgitate to be chewed again. domesticated—Made suitable for living near or with humans. emit—To discharge into the air. fertilize—To spread material that enriches land and helps plants grow. graze—To feed on grass or pasture. herd—A group of animals of one kind kept together. 42 homogenized—Processed milk to standardize the amount of cream present. immigrant—One who comes from a foreign land to reside in a new place. insulin—A hormone used to control a disease called diabetes.

Bolus—A soft mass of chewed food. branded—Put an identification mark on an animal by burning or freezing its flesh. breed—A strain of related animals that humans create by mating domesticated species. cud—Food that ruminants regurgitate to be chewed again. domesticated—Made suitable for living near or with humans. emit—To discharge into the air. fertilize—To spread material that enriches land and helps plants grow. graze—To feed on grass or pasture. herd—A group of animals of one kind kept together.

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